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"The Covenant", Toff Guy Films

An interview with film maker and human rights activist Jason Jones

By John Zmirak, The Stream, April 25, 2023

John Zmirak is a senior editor at The Stream and author or co-author of ten books, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism. He is co-author with Jason Jones of “God, Guns, & the Government.”

A powerful new war movie has just come out, The Covenant. It stars Jake Gylenhaal and Dar Salim, and depicts the life-or-death friendship of an American soldier and his Afghan translator, during our country’s long, futile occupation of that country. Blown away by the film, The Stream’s John Zmirak interviewed our friend Jason Jones, himself a filmmaker and a human rights activist who works to serve Afghans, among others. His organization, the Vulnerable People Project, has worked to rescue and offer aid to many thousands of Afghans, especially those who aided America before Joe Biden’s shock surrender in that country.

John Zmirak: First of all, can we agree that The Covenant is a great movie? It’s really entertaining, gripping, beautifully filmed and acted with subtlety and conviction. We care about the characters and the stakes are high from the first scene. Director Guy Ritchie has really evolved, hasn’t he? 

And what about Dar Salim, who played Ahmed, the Afghan translator? Apparently he’s an Iraqi who lives in Denmark. Since your work lets you meet a lot of Afghans, do you think he nailed the role? …

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